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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Happy weekend, you guys.

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'Run fits' still in Seahawks' defensive vocabulary - Blog -
"Disappointing" is the word Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley used to describe the run defense which allowed 189 yards in the loss to Miami on Sunday. Bradley said several players, even some veterans, forgot their assignments. "We run eight-man fronts designed to stop the run, so when they got some big plays against us, that was disappointing," Bradley said after Thursday's practice. "It wasn't any new concepts, it was just a lack of trust, and some guys trying to do too much at one time."

Bears’ Marshall glad to see suspensions postponed | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
"I love their attitude and approach to the game," Marshall said. "I think any successful professional athlete has to have a confidence about themselves and a swagger, and those guys have it. "I’m impressed about their swagger, and they present some challenges just because of that. I’m excited about the matchup and getting this opportunity to compete against them."

Pete Carroll Show - Podcasts -
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joins "Seattle's Morning News" to preview Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Carroll also updates the injury status of linebacker Leroy Hill, defensive end Red Bryant and cornerback Walter Thurmond.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Shutdown Linemen
Left tackle Duane Brown was considered a little bit of an overdraft when the Texans took him in the first round in 2008. Four years later, he’s one of the main reasons the Texans are one of the best teams in the NFL.

New Orleans Saints never stood a chance without Sean Payton -
Payton had the ability to oversee the entire operation, ensure that the team played in the style and manner he thought would best help it win, and bring fear to the players. These are the things the Saints miss most.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Special Teams Tackles, Weeks 1-12
Everybody enjoys a good Friday data dump, so let's take a look at special teams tackles so far in 2012. Here's a list of the players with the most special teams tackles in 2012, Weeks 1-12:

Trufant doubtful; Rice questionable | Seahawks Insider
A couple new injury situations cropped up Friday as the Seahawks prepared to fly to Chicago for Sunday’s game against the 8-3 Bears. Veteran nickel back Marcus Trufant was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, while receiver Sidney Rice was added to the injury list as questionable because of a calf that tightened up. "Marcus, at the end of practice yesterday, felt his hamstring," coach Pete Carroll said. "We took a look at it and he’s got an issue there we’re going to have to deal (so) with we put him down as doubtful at this time. We’re really surprised that popped up; it’s going to be really hard for him to get back from that."

For Chancellor, Soldier Field marks his spot
It was in a 2010 game against the Bears at Soldier Field that rookie Kam Chancellor got his initial taste of playing in the NFL. Now, he’s a Pro Bowl safety who leads the Seahawks back to Chicago on Sunday.

Following each other’s lead
Marshawn Lynch and Michael Robinson came to the Seahawks from opposite coasts, but these seemingly opposite personalities have turned into a featured attraction.

Week 13 - Carroll Press Conference
Pete Carroll talks with the media one final time as the Seahawks prepare to head to Chicago to face the Bears on Sunday.

Week 13 - Bradley Press Conference
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talks with the media as his defense prepares to face Jay Cutler and the Bears.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Seeking historic start: The San Francisco 49ers have gone 2-0 in Colin Kaepernick's first two starts at quarterback. A victory against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday would make Kaepernick the first 49ers quarterback since the 1970 merger to win his first three starts with the team. Joe Montana went 0-3 for the 49ers when Bill Walsh was in the early stages of an organizational rebuild. Steve Young went 1-2 in his first three starts with the team, tossing one touchdown and four interceptions in those games.

Around the NFC West: Year of QB surprise - NFC West Blog - ESPN
This will go down as the year of the unconventional quarterback decision in the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks went with third-round rookie Russell Wilson over free-agent addition Matt Flynn even though Flynn had signed a $19.5 million contract months earlier.

New variables, same formula for Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks scored what I saw as a signature victory over the 4-1 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field back in 2010. "This is very reminiscent of the formula I have become accustomed to -- the big back hitting it hard and the flashy guy and the big receiver and the quarterback getting the ball to every guy," Carroll said following that 23-20 victory. "That is what we have come in here to do."

Expect another nailbiter when Seahawks face Bears - Blog -
Think you're upset with the Seahawks' defense? It cost me a chance to go to 10-1 against the spread in Seahawks games this season when it faltered again in Miami last Sunday. It blew two chances to preserve seven-point, fourth-quarter leads and then couldn't even force overtime, allowing Miami to get into field-goal range to win the game 24-21.

CB Marcus Trufant doubtful, WR Sidney Rice a question mark | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Meanwhile, Rice did not finish Friday's practice because of his calf muscle, and while the Seahawks expect he'll be OK, they can't be sure. "Just felt his calf tighten up a little bit so we just limited his work at the end of practice," Carroll said. "He made it through two-thirds of it. We've just got to see what happens tomorrow. We think he's OK."

The 5 spot: Bears in focus | Seahawks Insider
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune was gracious enough to take the time and answer five questions on the Chicago Bears as the Seahawks prepare to travel to the Windy City for the third straight year. Blog | Thursday in Hawkville: Omiyale happy that he decided to sign with Seahawks
Frank Omiyale. The veteran offensive lineman played the past three seasons with the Bears, starting 31 games at left guard, left tackle and right tackle. With the injury problems the Bears are having on their line, there’s a pretty good chance he’d be starting this week against the Seahawks. Except that Omiyale signed with the Seahawks in free agency in March. "It’s not a big deal, but I’m excited to see some of the guys," he said today of returning to Soldier Field as a member of the visiting team. "Other than that, we’re trying to win a game. So that’s what this week is all about."

Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears: Seahawks Week 13 Must-Win Matchups | Bleacher Report
The Seahawks are 6-5 and clinging to the No. 6 playoff seed in the NFC with dear life. We are all aware of the impending suspensions of cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman...

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Top 5: Seahawks Beat Bears (UPDATED AGAIN)!
Between the regular season and the playoffs, the Seahawks have played the Chicago Bears seven times since October 2006. Seattle was a disappointing 3-4 in those seven games, and three of those losses were among the most agonizing in recent franchise history. In the 2006 Divisional Playoffs, the underdog Hawks pushed the heavily favored Bears to OT (in the last great game of Shaun Alexander's career) only to crap away the opening Sudden-Death possession and lose on a Robbie Gould FG. I'm among the legions of Twelves who will go to the grave convinced that Seattle would have made a repeat trip to the Super Bowl if they just could have scored on that initial OT drive. Ugh.

San Francisco 49ers' Demarcus Dobbs arrested on 25th birthday -
San Francisco 49ers tight end Demarcus Dobbs will not make the trip to St. Louis after being arrested Friday morning following a car crash.

Buccaneers vs. Broncos: Time of possession won't matter - Bucs Nation
How often have you heard the phrase "Keep the ball out of [quarterback]'s hands"? A quick Google search reveals a combined 34,370 mentions of that phrase with either "Manning", "Peyton" or "Peyton...

Football players turn to PEDs to get physical, mental edge -
What if I offered you supplement or prescription drug that could elevate you up the corporate ladder and increase your pay? Would you take it?